I'm just quoting some of the Stallman sentences in an article I've
read and commenting them, enjoy ...
No, I don't hate it, why should I ? May be are annoying to RMS, butQuote:>Don't you just hate receiving Word documents in email messages? Word
>attachments are annoying
not for me and for a lot of people I do know.
software. Maybe >we can stop this practice with a simple collectiveQuote:>but worse than that, they impede people from switching to free
effort. All we have to do >is ask each person who sends us a Word file
to reconsider that way of doing >things.
Why should people switch to free software ? Why would people want
to switch to free software ? Why should anyone do what RMS is saying
and follow him in his personal paranoia ?
because >Word is proprietary software, denying its users the freedomQuote:>Most computer users use Microsoft Word. That is unfortunate for them,
to study, change, >copy, and redistribute it.
A joke, isn't it ? Study, change and redistribute software is not a
goal to people that just do use computers as a tool.
its >users are locked into a system that compels them to buy eachQuote:>And because Microsoft changes the Word file format with each release,
upgrade whether >they want a change or not.
Kind of myth.
organizations will >nly accept files in Word format.Quote:>ome people publish or post documents in Word format. Some
Well, some may be only contacted by phone, other things does
require a fax, and so on ... is not a matter of software or computing
companies, it is just that to do the thing X you do need the resources
Y no matter what field we're talkinig about. Anyway, by the times of
Windows 3.1 doing Word things was easy, cheap, and productive (yes,
even when hang outs), and changing things (I do not think they must
change just like RMS, but perhaps they'll do) does requiere time, and
of course some better free software (or propietary, it minds me
Word >iles. Even governments sometimes impose Word format on theQuote:>Smeone I know was unable to apply for a job because resumes had to be
public, which is >ruly outrageous.
Hohohoho this one really made me laugh, almost as when Gates says
Windows XP is more stable, powerful and cheap than any other Windows
version. May be a Linux user (I suppose he is proud of his brain as
usual) can't guess how to write and send a Word document without
having it himself ? Boys ...
an >inconvenience.Quote:>For us users of free operating systems, receiving Word documents is
Again assuming each of the free operating systems do think just
the Word >files they receive.Quote:>They hesitate because they feel they must have Word available to read
They hesitate just because free software is worse. People do use
the best tool available for the job they're doing (not saying Windows
is good, but sure it is better for just all workstation things).
the >growth of our community and the spread of freedom.Quote:>The practice of using the secret Word format for interchange impedes
Freedom ? Well I suppose I can use Windows and Word if I want to.
What really puzzles RMS is that people in fact do choose Word over the
other, why ? Because it is the best. Why is it the best ? Bussiness
practices apart, it loads faster, it does things faster, a lot of Word
trainned people do know it. As an example on my own machine (K6-2/350,
256MB RAM) Word does load in less than two seconds while Staroffice
lasts for 21 seconds (browser game is the same hehe, no matter it to
be Mozilla, Netscape, Konqueror, Galeon, Nautilus, Opera ... oh wait,
lynx loads as fast as Internet Explorer).
document, this >steady and persistent harm to our community usuallyQuote:>While we notice the occasional annoyance of receiving a Word
doesn't come to our >attention. But it is happening all the time.
I rarely receive Word documents, don't know why RMS or if he really
does reveive as many as he does say.
with them.Quote:>Many GNU users who receive Word documents try to find ways to handle
In the precedent paragraph, we were free operating system users,
now we are GNU users hehehehe. I thought FreeBSD was a free operating
There is no illness (no more than the whole world cronic one in allQuote:>To cure the illness, we must convince people not to send or post Word
areas), and I must not convince people of anything. I think people is
free to choose propietary software if desired.
attachments with >a polite message explaining why the practice ofQuote:>For about a year, I've made a practice of responding to Word
sending Word files is a bad >thing, and asking the person to resend
the material in a non-secret format.
Cool, I hope you've used a script, since if you are receiving as
many Word documents as you say it would have been rather time
consuming. It is your choice to do that, but has not to be mine, nor
the one of a lot other people.
ASCII text >in the Word file.Quote:>This is a lot less work than trying to read the somewhat obfuscated
Why don't you just install Staroffice ? That would leave you with
just a little percent of Word >=2000 unreadable documents. Also, you
could use VMware or wine (should have to pay for Word anyway), they
are said to work 100% ...
disregard one >polite request may change their practice when theyQuote:>If we all do this, we will have a much larger effect. People who
receive multiple polite >requests from various people.
So he's telling as to contribute a world wide spam just to change a
thing that users have chosen by themselves in freedom.
He's even telling us what we must say, just for the case we are asQuote:> ... skipped examples ...
much unbrainned Windows users that we can not think by ourselvesc ...
permitted without >royalty provided the copyright notice and thisQuote:>Copyright 2001 Richard Stallman
>Verbatim copying and distribution of this entire article are
notice are preserved.
It seems that I must keep this sencentes here to be in law :-)
Pathetic article, pathetic point of view and rather incipient